Qatar eases visa process

June 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Middle east, News

DOHA, 26 June 2017: Qatar’s Ministry of Interior, Qatar Airways and Qatar Tourism Authority, have launched an e-visa platform to allow travellers to obtain tourist visas online.

Doha News reported that a tourist visa can now be obtained on the new e-visa platform, which is currently in a  pilot phase, at

Previously, travellers were required to submit their applications through accredited Qatar-based entities, such as hotels and tour operators. Now, they can apply directly and track the status of their application online. Read more

Lufthansa names Molnar GM Thailand

June 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, People

BANGKOK, 26 June 2017: Lufthansa Group has appointed Stefan Molnar as the new general manager sales in Thailand.

He will lead efforts to improve passenger airlines sales in Thailand, Vietnam and the Mekong region.

Lufthansa will be the first European carrier to fly the A380 to Bangkok when the service starts this October. Read more

AirAsia orders 14 more A320ceo

June 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Malaysia, News

LE BOURGET, FRANCE, 23 June 2017: AirAsia has signed an agreement with Airbus to order an additional 14 A320ceo aircraft to meet higher than expected near-term growth on the carrier’s regional network.

The contract, which is subject to AirAsia board approval, was announced at the Paris Air Show Thursday.

It will see the total number of A320 family aircraft ordered by AirAsia rise to 592, reaffirming its position as the largest airline customer for the Airbus single aisle product line. Read more

UA faces the music

June 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

CHICAGO, 9 June 2017: A violinist accused United Airlines of rough treatment after she refused to check her fragile 18th century instrument as luggage, another potential black mark to the US carrier after an infamous passenger dragging incident.

Yennifer Correia was travelling Sunday from Houston, Texas to a music rehearsal in Columbia, Missouri, when ticket agents told her that she could not carry her circa late-1700s Italian violin onboard the plane, Correia’s attorney Phil MacNaughton told AFP on Wednesday. Read more

Vietjet signs massive US engine deal

June 2, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News, Vietnam

WASHINGTON, 2 June 2017: Vietnam and the US have signed USD8 billion in deals, including a massive engine contract with a Vietnamese budget carrier famed for its bikini-clad air hostesses, officials said.

The deals were announced during a visit by Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to the White House Wednesday, a trip aimed at drumming up trade ties after US President Donald Trump pulled out of a massive Asia-Pacific trade pact earlier this year, decrying it as a “job killer”.

Vietnam, which stood to gain enormously from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) before the US pull-out, has been aggressively courting Washington to bolster business ties, and Phuc is the first Southeast Asian leader to visit Trump’s White House. Read more

Lukla lives up to its nickname

May 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

KATHMANDU, 29 May 2017: The co-pilot of a cargo plane that crashed at Lukla a small airport near Mount Everest, killing the pilot, has died from his injuries, Nepali officials said Sunday.

Lukla has been nicknamed the world’s most dangerous airport, but still remains the gateway for Everest trekkers and climbers.

The plane, which had departed from Kathmandu, broke into three pieces when it crashed in heavy fog while trying to land at Lukla airport on Saturday. Read more

Security check delays flight

May 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

DUBAI, 24 May 2017: A Virgin Atlantic flight to London was delayed, Tuesday, in Dubai for extra security checks, authorities said, hours after a bombing killed at least 22 people in northwest England.

“Dubai Airports confirms that the departure of a Virgin Atlantic aircraft was delayed, until additional security checks were carried out,” the airport authority said on Twitter.

“These were carried out in close cooperation with Dubai Police and the airline, following which the aircraft was cleared for departure,” it added. Read more

Cambodian airline to study Japanese route

SIEM REAP, 9 May 2017: Cambodia Angkor Air is undertaking a study to assess travel demand for a proposed new service linking Siem Reap to Japan.

Khmer Times quoted the airline’s marketing general manager, Eng Molina, saying Cambodia Angkor Air was studying the market before making a decision.

The airline launched its first charter flight from Japan to Siem Reap last week. Read more

Malaysia settles over MH17 case

May 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 4 May 2017: Malaysia Airlines announced, Tuesday, it has reached a settlement with an Australian family who lost four family members on Flight MH17.

Perth couple Anthony Maslin and Marite Norris lost their children Evie, 10, Mo, 12, and Otis, 8, along with their grandfather on the Boeing 777 which was shot down over Ukraine in 2014.

The airline said in a statement it has reached “an amicable and confidential settlement with the Maslin family and therefore the suit has been withdrawn”. Read more

AoT marketing brings new flights

BANGKOK, 2 May 2017: Airports of Thailand reports six airlines have started new services to Thailand from November last year to April this year.

AoT president, Nitinai Sirismatthakarn, said that the company has succeeded in attracting six international airlines to launch flights to Thailand since last November.

AoT offers marketing support and financial incentives to support flight launches particularly to secondary airports that need to extend network cover to regional destinations. Read more

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